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MareBrad in the Kitchen

November 4, 2010

I basically shopped all day today.  I shadowed two service specialists that go to different department stores and ensure our product is  displayed completely and correctly. However today they didn’t do much of that, and instead we did a lot of wandering stores and oohing and ahhing.

In the process I found tons of things to add to my Christmas list. Anthropologie why are you so expensive??? Here are some of my favs:

Etienne Aigner boots

Anthro skirt. Looked totally cute styled in the window.

Measuring bowls! So perfect for that "cup of yogurt" or "half cup of ice cream!"

If anyone ever thinks I”m hard to shop for, just go pick something out Anthropologie and I will be happy. Thrilled even.


We had lunch at California Pizza Kitchen. I feel like I always eat there when I’m out with work people, but it’s got great options! I tried something new – their Grilled Veggie Salad. It was good, but not as many veggies as this website pictures shows:(


I had an apple afterwards for some filling carby-ness, and a Smores Luna Bar back at the office for a snack.

Something a little different happened tonight…my mom was trying a new recipe and it was vegetarian so I could eat it!I haven’t eaten what my mom has made for dinner in forever. She has started to assume I wont ever eat what she makes -either because it has meat in it or because I am making some other new recipe. But I recently asked her to let me know if she is ever making a vegetarian or fish dish so that I know I could eat with them! Tonight she had planned on making a pesto whole wheat pasta. She used a recipe from The Splended Table.

And I planned on annoying her with pictures in the kitchen 🙂

hi mom!

Oh and FYI, my friends call my mom MareBrad. Hence the title of this post.

She chopped a bunch of veggies and then made me come watch her use the Cuisinart. She wants me to use it instead of making a mess chopping veggies all the time. It just seems so annoying to get out a big machine and then clean it.

The pesto was made with pistachios instead of pine nuts, and she left out the fontinella cheese because I’m not a huge fan. She and my dad just sprinkled it on afterward.

adding the pistachios to green onion, garlic, etc.

streaming in the oil

Finished Product!

We had our pasta with some steamed veggies, and I added some chickpeas to mine for protein. It was great!!

I just had a piece of toast with raspberry jam and pumpkin butter for dessert. I loved being able to cook with my mom and eat with the family, since lots of times my eating habits don’t allow for that!


Dinner topic was heavily based on our trip to NYC the weekend of the 19th. Notre Dame is playing Army in Yankee Stadium and my whole family is going!

  • We are looking for good restaurant recommendations for Friday night!!

Staying in mid town. Mid priced (20-35 dollar entrees are okay). I would love if it was seasonal or had vegetarian options, but the rest of the fam would appreciate some meat or fish options too.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 4, 2010 9:23 pm

    I love those bowls!

  2. Kim permalink
    November 5, 2010 10:46 am

    Buddakan in meatpacking is AWESOME! I went there with my cousin (the Steve Madden one) and her husband last time I was there. It is where the Big & Carrie had their engagement party in the Sex & the City movie. My cousin has made some reservations for us for this trip and one of them is called Pastis. I believe it is a French restaurant, also in meatpacking. On another note, my mom has a mini version of the Cuisinart chopper that she loves because she is usually cooking for herself, maybe another xmas present idea?

  3. November 5, 2010 1:08 pm

    I love that pistachios were used instead of pine nuts – great twist with the pesto 🙂

    • November 5, 2010 1:50 pm

      Definitely, it tasted great! Try it and let me know what you think!


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